Letters to the editor

in recent years, Redmond has seen incredible growth and incredible change. Despite this rapid expansion, I’m proud that we’ve been able to retain a sense of community, working together to make Redmond the kind of town we all want to live in.

As a family practice doctor, I have long been concerned about the holistic health of our community — healthy bodies, minds and spirits. We have an exciting opportunity to give generations of Redmond residents the chance to learn, explore new ideas and skills, and gather together to celebrate knowledge, the arts and community with an expanded and improved Redmond Library.

Since our library opened in 1996 in the retrofitted Jessie Hill School, our population has soared to 32,000 from 11,000. The current building, built in 1929, was never designed for library use and it shows — the design is inefficient and presents accessibility, technology and space challenges.

The library construction bond proposes a renovated library twice the current size, a landmark building anchoring our downtown and civic core. The library will provide flexible spaces to support expanded programming for children and adults, including hands-on learning and creative pursuits; an exciting children’s discovery area; room for more books; and updated technology.

In this election, we have an opportunity to ensure continued excellence in our libraries. The bond issue would have huge benefits for our community. It’s an investment in a future that we can be proud of. Please join me in voting yes for this library bond.

— Dr. Daniel Murphy, Redmond

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